Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

2017 Residents with DOT8 SignPhoto taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Residency Program is committed to training the best residents from all ethnic, racial, gender, and socioeconomic groups. We recruit residents from across the U.S. and beyond. This enhances our learning environment and promotes diversity among our trainees and faculty. It also contributes to the success of our graduates who will care for a diverse patient population locally and around the world. Our program is also committed to working toward health equity by educating future pediatricians on topics such as health disparities, adverse childhood events, implicit bias, health systems, and structural racism. We understand our role in the community we serve, and through outreach and advocacy, we will continue to partner with our community to work towards equity and justice.

Our goal is to promote an inclusive environment for trainees from a variety of different backgrounds, where all thrive and are supported in their goals as future pediatricians. As part of this, medical students who interview for residency are able to meet with faculty and residents from underrepresented groups in medicine during their visit. We are proud to offer robust mentoring and support across the residency program, department, and institution for our residents.

Department of Pediatrics Advisory Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

This committee is chaired by Dr. Erin Boyd and includes several faculty members, residents, and housestaff. Since the formation of the committee, they have supported facilitated divisional conversations and book clubs around how to be an anti-racist, instituted 21-day racial equity challenges, and established a departmental repository of DEI initiatives.

VUMC Racial Equity Task Force

The VUMC Racial Equity Task Force was charged with identifying barriers to and opportunities for achieving racial equity at VUMC and VUSM. The task force is co-chaired by Dr. Michael DeBaun, Karampreet (Peety) Kaur, VUSM class of 2021 president, and Mamie Williams, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC, director of Nurse Safety and Well-being. Task force members from the Department include Drs. James Crowe and Derek Williams, as well as Dr. Taylor Thomas, PGY-3.

In December 2020, this group released 62 primary recommendations and 152 sub recommendations. Some actions that have already been taken based on these recommendations include the elimination of race-based glomerular filtration rate reporting; full-day antiracism training for VUMC executive leadership and Board of Directors; increased VUMC minimum wage to $15/hour; and focus on health equity during GME orientation.

Click here to read more about the VUMC Racial Equity Task Force's initial recommendations.

LGBTQ+ Pediatric Residency Council

The purpose of this resident-led group is to create a space of inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies while advocating in support of LGBTQ+ children, adolescents, parents, and health professionals. We strive to recognize the unique needs of our LGBTQ+ patients and create an environment in which both our patients and coworkers are supported. Our current projects include establishing an LGBTQ+ lecture series for residents, incorporating preferred patient names/pronouns in the electronic medical record, and more.


Visit the following websites for additional information.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Department of Pediatrics

Office of Health Equity
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Office of Inclusion and Health Equity
Department of Pediatrics and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

Office of Diversity in Graduate Medical Education
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Minority Housestaff for Academic and Medical Achievement
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Program for LGBTQ Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Top Hospitals for Diversity
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

URiM Visiting Scholar Program
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

For additional information, contact:

Arie L. Nettles, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Inclusion and Health Equity
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Developmental Medicine

Adriana Bialostozky, M.D.
Director of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Faculty Development

Nicole Parada-Parra, M.D.
PGY-3 Pediatric Resident